A top-ranking official of Globalport has confirmed that the PBA ballclub has agreed in principle to the trade that will send athletic big man Japeth Aguilar to Barangay Ginebra, with the documents now on the way to the PBA offices for approval.
Globalport head of basketball operations Erick Arejola told Spin.ph on Tuesday that that they have approved the multiple deals beginning with the centerpiece trade that would see the Batang Pier getting rookie Yousif Taha and a 2013 first-round pick from Ginebra in exchange for Aguilar.
The rebuilding Batang Pier would also get veteran forward Jay Washington from Petron in exchange for rookie gunner Jason Deutchman while Ginebra will send high-flyer Elmer Espiritu to Barako Bull for a draft pick.
“After thorough evaluation and deliberation with our coaching staff, management already grabbed the offer. It’s a good opportunity for us to start anew in our bid to form a formidable lineup,” said Arejola, who was in Singapore when reached by Spin.ph.
Arejola, a trusted lieutenant of Globalport owner Mikee Romero, said team management felt the offers from the two San Miguel Corp-owned teams were too good to pass up.
“Talagang willing yung SMC to give away anything to get Japeth. Ganun sila ka in pursuit,” said Arejola. “Kaya when we got what we wanted, inaprubahan na namin."
In letting Aguilar go, Globalport is getting two solid big men to complement its backourt trio of Gary David, Willie Miller, and Sol Mercado.
“Bale lumalabas niyan, tatlo ang nakuha namin kapalit ni Japeth parang we just added Jason to the mix to get a sweeter deal,” he added. “Importante sa amin ang pick, kasi we’re a new team. Rebuilding kami.”
At posting time, the papers were already on their way to the office of PBA Commissioner Chito Salud for approval.
“I think that trade will be decided upon within today by the commissioner,” added Arejola.